Ben Bishop earned the Tampa Bay Lightning its first win of the season Saturday night, standing tall in a shootout to help secure a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Bishop made 37 stops on 39 shots, including seven saves while Tampa was shorthanded.
Tampa Bay captain, and Vermont alum, Martin St. Louis told tbo.com, “Bishop was huge. It’s a very important position in this league and he played it at a high level tonight.’’
Fellow Black Bear alum Teddy Purcell scored the game-tying goal on the power play late in the third period that sent the game into overtime. It is Purcell’s first goal of the year.
In his first game back in an Anaheim Ducks uniform, Dustin Penner registered an assist with the Wild. Penner won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007 then spent a combined six seasons with Edmonton and Los Angeles. He was a member of the 2012 Kings team that won the Cup.
In Boston, Jimmy Howard allowed four goals, including two facing a Bruins power play, as the Red Wings lost 4-1. Howard moves to 1-1 on the young season.
Facing one of the top teams in the NHL, rookie Brian Flynn didn’t register a point for the Sabres in his second game with Buffalo.
Around the AHL
Spencer Abbott, and Ontario native, received word yesterday that he’d be suiting up for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Abbott finished the game without a point and a minus-2.
In his first appearance of the season, Joey Diamond didn’t register a point, had a plus-1, but the Bridgeport Soundtigers and Scott Pellerin lost to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in their season opener.
Gustav Nyqist notched an assist for his fourth point through two games with Grand Rapids.
Will O’Neill picked up a pair of helpers as St. John’s earned a 5-1 win against Providence.